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Dupuy move still up in the air
June 3, 2009
Julien Dupuy of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Justin Marshall of Saracens
Leicester scrum-half Julien Dupuy's future is still in doubt © Getty Images

  • Stade Francais' bid to lure the Leicester scrumhalf Julien Dupuy to Paris appears to have hit an impasse as the two clubs can't agree a fee for the 25 year-old.

    The French giants have reportedly offered half of what Leicester believe to be an accurate valuation for Dupuy and the Tigers' head coach, Richard Cockerill, has told the Leicester Mercury that unless Stade Francais meet their demands then Dupuy will remain at Welford Road next season.

    "Julien is still under contract to us. We have given Stade Francais a price and they have not agreed that price yet.

    "After the Heineken Cup final, we contacted Julien's advisors and advised them that the price has to be right because we are not letting our best players go to play for our rivals.

    "You can't let your best players go for a small amount can you? I think the transfer fee Stade Francais wanted us to pay for Juan Martin Hernandez was three times what they are offering for Julien."

  • According to reports the Scottish Rugby Union are set to announce their new head coach by the end of next week. The former England coach and current Edinburgh boss Andy Robinson is thought to be the front-runner for the post.

    The SRU have whittled the list down to "three or four individuals" according to chief executive Gordon McKie who heads a five-man panel that has been interviewing candidates to replace Frank Hadden as head coach of the senior side for a number of weeks.

    "If we can make the appointment in time for June, when our A team go on tour then that would be fine. But it's not essential."

  • Scotland wing Simon Webster , Edinburgh's all time record try scorer in the Magners League, has signed a new three-year contract at Murrayfield. Since joining from Northampton Saints in 2002, the 28-year-old has contributed 31 tries and played a pivotal role in ensuring Edinburgh finished runners-up in the Magners League last season.

    Webster, capped 37 times by Scotland, wants to build on his achievments in the next three seasons. The 28-year-old said: "I'm really pleased to be staying at Edinburgh. I've been here for seven years, so by the time this new contract finishes I would have spent 10 years with the club.

    "I love the city and the club; I feel really settled here. Edinburgh have just recorded our best ever finish in the Magners League and I genuinely believe we can progress further in order to challenge for trophies."

  • The Glasgow Warriors have signed Canadian international back DTH van der Merwe on a two year deal.

    Van der Merwe, who moved to Canada from South Africa, has made a recent return to action after 15 months out with complications from a broken ankle and is presently in the Canada squad for the summer test series.

  • Former France international Olivier Sourgens has joined Worcester Warriors on a one-year deal. The 37-year-old tight-head prop joins from French outfit Bordeaux-Bègles.


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